Jan 17, 2017

The Yosemite Shoot

It’s been almost 3 months since we wrapped our shoot in Yosemite. I don’t know how many hours of footage we shot, but it took 3 weeks to go through it all. That was a fun task though because it’s looking great.

Getting GVs on a misty morning.
Getting GVs on a misty morning.

As director on this one my toughest challenge was to let go of my plans a little. Having spent the best part of 18 months developing my ideas for the film, I obviously had a vision of how I wanted the Yosemite sequences to pan out. But we all knew that filming an authentic ascent of a big wall meant we couldn’t manufacture many situations, and couldn’t plan for many either. So while the shot list was kept close, it had room to manoeuver.

Scoping out the route, and being entertained by Andy on Day 1
Scoping out the route, and being entertained by Andy on Day 1

We kept our equipment to an absolute minimum, and even then simplified because everywhere we shot meant hanging or perching or balancing somewhere. In the end I’m glad we did this, it gave the footage a realness and rawness which I think reflects the source of this whole project – Andy’s writing.

Our camp on top of El Capitan, one of my favourite parts of the trip.
Our camp on top of El Capitan, one of my favourite parts of the trip.

We’re now making final preparations for our final round of shooting, which means I’m close to getting well and truly stuck into the edit, finally! Thanks again for all of your support, we couldn’t have done any of this without you!

There she blows, El Capitan.
There she blows, El Capitan.

All photos by the wonderful Alex Gorham.

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